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Mr Singh Mrs Mehta

It doesn’t take long for debutant director Pravesh Bhardwaj’s film to slip into absurd territory, made even worse by abysmal acting

Mr Singh Mrs Mehta
Mr Singh Mrs Mehta
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Starring: Aruna Shields, Prashant Narayanan, Lucy Hassan, Naved Aslam
Directed by Pravesh Bhardwaj
Rating: *

It doesn’t take long for debutant director Pravesh Bhardwaj’s Mr Singh Mrs Mehta to slip into absurd territory. In a plot suspiciously similar to Wong Kar-Wai’s classic In The Mood For Love, Neera Singh (Aruna Shields) and Ashwin Mehta (Prashant Narayanan) happen to jointly discover that their spouses are having an affair. But there are no confrontations or ugly scenes—Mr Singh (Naved Aslam) and Mrs Mehta (Lucy Hassan) are able to take off secretly to Paris for a romantic getaway. The broken-hearted Neera needs a shoulder to cry and it is Ashwin’s—naturally. An unconvincing version of the betrayed husband, he seems rather too excited at the prospect of undressing Neera (yes, you read right) to help her recovery. A painter that he is—the artsy, chain-smoking type—he embarks on a Leonardo di Caprio-style pose-in-the-nude project with Neera, who quickly gives in, after displaying a few flashes of uncharacteristic shyness about undressing. By the way, for all the pre-release talk about nudity being central to the film’s theme of infidelity and how it boldly made it past the censor board, the peek-a-boo show here is embarrassingly lame.

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